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Schmidt still talking at Scrapper games

NILES - Robb Schmidt didn't expect he'd be back at Eastwood Field in his current capacity after August 2010.Schmidt, who has been the Mahoning Valley Scrappers' public address announcer since late in the 2010 season, was helping out John Brown, a marketing intern at Youngstown State at the ...

Hiram suspends cross country programs

HIRAM - Nearby Hiram College has announced that it has suspended its men's and women's cross country programs effective this fall.Both programs have faced challenges in the past few seasons recruiting runners and participating in competitions. Each program will become a club sport and students ...

Making progress

NILES - Kieran Lovegrove has had his share of rough outings this year.The 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-hander entered Thursday's game with a 1-2 record and a 6.56 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 13 walks in 23 1/3 innings.Then came the top of the second inning in the Thursday's 12-4 victory by the ...

Yankee manager is former Scrapper

NILES - Pat Osborn saw it as more than a #TBT (Throw Back Thursday).The Staten Island Yankees manager saw the sights of Eastwood Field and it brought more than a handful of memories back.Osborn played for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers for the 2002 season and part of the '03 campaign."It's ...

3 straight – with some help

NILES - All Cortland Cox could do was watch from the dugout in the bottom of the 12th inning.The Mahoning Valley Scrappers reliever did his job, pitching three innings in relief with three strikeouts and no walks - surrendering one hit.With two outs, the Scrappers got the break they needed. ...

Mesa Jr. following in father’s footsteps

NILES - Jose Mesa was affectionately called Joe Table by the Cleveland Indian announcers during his playing days of the 1990s.His son, Jose Mesa Jr., 21, said his father never minded the nickname. In fact, he embraced it."He loves it," Mesa Jr. said. "He even has it on his voice mail. They call ...

Fisher’s hit in 10th lifts Scrappers past Staten Island Yanks

NILES - Mahoning Valley's Austin Fisher only had one hit in five at-bats on Tuesday, but he made it count.Fisher hit a two-out game-winning single up the middle to lift the Scrappers past Staten Island, 5-4, in 10 innings.The Scrappers (12-18) trailed 4-3 in the eighth inning before Emmanuel ...

Youngstown Phantoms name Wroblewski as new coach

YOUNGSTOWN - The Youngstown Phantoms moved quickly to replace head coach Anthony Noreen by naming John Wroblewski as the organization's new head coach on Tuesday .Wroblewski comes to Youngstown off a two-year stint as an assistant coach with the American Hockey League Rochester Americans, the ...

Scrappers thump 1st-place ’Cutters

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Mahoning Valley finished off its series against Williamsport with a bang - 19 to be exact.The Scrappers pounded out 19 hits in a 12-4 road victory over the Crosscutters, taking two of three in the series.Seven players had multiple hits, with Mark Mathias and Jodd Carter each ...

A push from within

Kelsey Dickey said she was pushed in her stroller at 6 months old when her mother, Cindy, or father, Tom, went for a run.More than nine years later, she was a mile away from finishing a 5K race near Lakeview High School. Kelsey felt the fatigue set in and wanted to fade back to the pack.Tom ...

Scrappers score three in first, hold off Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Mahoning Valley had three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back at Williamsport Saturday at Bowman Field in a 4-1 victory.Mark Mathias, who was 4-for-5 with an RBI, drove in his lone tally with a line-drive double to center field, driving in Scrappers ...

LaMonica finds her Stride

Jack Thornton saw the progress of John F. Kennedy junior Antonella LaMonica and wanted to put her on the fast track to success - literally.LaMonica made the Division III state track and field meet as a sophomore in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, placing in the top eight in the state in both ...

Stuck in the mud

NILES - Jared Robinson did his job, but it wasn't enough.The Scrappers pitcher showed off his fastball when he struck out five straight Auburn Doubleday batters during a stretch in the fifth and sixth innings, but a late surge by the Doubledays propelled them to a 6-3 New York-Penn League win ...

Scrappers reliever impresses Fryman

NILES - Cortland Cox looked like a prospect on a mission.The right-hander staged a strong performance in relief Thursday night of Casey Shane for the Scrappers in a 4-3 win over the Auburn Doubledays. Cox, making his second appearance since being promoted from the Arizona League, struck out ...

Having some support

NILES - Casey Shane finally received a helping hand.The Scrappers right-hander had pitched well enough to deserve better than a 0-2 record entering play Thursday. He added to the run with a strong effort in 5 2/3 innings of work as the Scrappers defeated the Auburn Doubledays, 4-3, Thursday at ...

Sayles working on hitting streak

NILES - He might be at the bottom of the batting order, but Silento Sayles has been acting like a lead-off hitter.The Scrappers center fielder has been among the team's best hitters of late. Sayles entered Thursday's game against the Auburn Doubledays with a .271 batting average and working on ...

Lefty tourney takes place at Riverview

BRACEVILLE - If the weather cooperates, there should be a 36-hole tournament played at Riverview Golf Club Saturday and Sunday.The Ohio Association of Left-Handed Golfers will stage its 61st annual state tournament at the 18-hole facility. Heavy rains have played havoc with some of the holes ...

Phantoms announce 2015-16 schedule

YOUNGSTOWN - The Youngstown Phantoms, in conjunction with the United States Hockey League, has released the schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season. For the third straight year, the Phantoms will play a 60 game schedule featuring 30 home games and 30 road dates. This is the Phantoms seventh ...

New team joins fight for football followers

NILES - The first step in the process went well for the Mahoning Valley's newest sports team.How things develop in the future depends on how well the area accepts the Mahoning Valley Brawlers.The Brawlers, one of four teams in the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL), were officially ...

Minors setback

NILES - It's a good thing the Cleveland Indians aren't in dire need of pitching help.The reviews for pitchers Josh Tomlin and Nick Hagadone were mixed in their rehabilitation assignments in the Scrappers' 11-3 loss to the Auburn Doubledays Wednesday. Tomlin, coming off shoulder surgery, fared ...